ASU builds on partnership with Tillman Foundation
Last week thousands of people came together for Pat's Run 2012 to display their appreciation and pride for the men and women who serve in America's armed forces, and to honor the legacy of Pat Tillman, former Sun Devil and fallen U.S. soldier.
"Heroes visit the Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University's Tempe campus every day," writes Dianna M. Náñez, of the Arizona Republic, in a recent article about ASU's new partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation that will provide college scholarships to veterans and active service members and their dependents.
"On Friday, Marie Tillman made her first visit to the center she believed would live up to the fallen soldier's legacy when she gave ASU permission last year to name the center after her first husband, Pat Tillman," Náñez writes.
The Tillman Center, which opened in August 2011, is a valued on-campus resource for veterans to receive support in their transition from active service to civilian life.
The center, Náñez writes, has "become a second home for veterans, their family and a dedicated staff of mostly former soldiers or reservists whose mission is to make sure every fellow soldier who walks through the door knows they are not alone."
Náñez reports that the Tillman Foundation awards academic scholarships each year, providing more than $2.2 million to 171 active service members, veterans and their dependents.
"Marie said the connection between Tillman and ASU was so strong that, when they started the foundation eight years ago, the first college scholarship fund was for ASU students. Tillman was a student who believed in the power of an education, so endowing a scholarship at ASU was a perfect fit for the foundation's first efforts, she said," writes Náñez.
Veteran centers are a trend that Marie hopes will be replicated at campuses across the United States.